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    "account"

    Are these sentences submitted below correct and natural:

    a) I account him as my good friend.

    b) He account this story as fake.
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    I am trying to use "account" in meaning of "consider".

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    Re: "account"

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierce111 View Post
    Are these sentences submitted below correct and natural:

    a) I account him as my good friend.

    b) He accounts this story as fake.
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    I am trying to use "account" in meaning of "consider".
    They are correct, but not as natural as:
    c) "I consider him to be a good friend."
    d) "He considers this story to be fake."

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    #3

    Re: "account"

    That use is entirely unnatural in my dialect. I would never use "account" that way.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "account"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    That use is entirely unnatural in my dialect. I would never use "account" that way.
    But you would use count, wouldn't you, please?

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    Re: "account"

    Not really.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: "account"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Not really.
    No problem. The most important thing to me is not to use to consider someone as.


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    Re: "account"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    That use is entirely unnatural in my dialect. I would never use "account" that way.
    I completely agree.

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    Re: "account"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    But you would use count, wouldn't you, please?
    Some people say "I count him among my best friends", but it is not very common in AmE. "Count" would not work with B.

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    Re: "account"

    I agree. Count him among.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #10

    Re: "account"

    1. And can I say:
    "I consider him my good friend."
    without "to be"?

    2. Can I use "regard as" in this meaning (instead of "account as")? Will it be natural?
    a) I regard him as my friend.
    b) He regards this story as fake.

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